Ballard to Supply Fuel-Cell Power Systems for Buses in China

Ballard Power Systems Inc., a Canadian maker of fuel-cell technology, agreed to supply systems that will power eight buses in China.

The modules are expected to be shipped this year to a customer that wasn’t named in a statement Wednesday from the Burnaby, British Columbia-based company. The buses will "be deployed in a number of Chinese cities." Terms weren’t disclosed.

China is seeking to deploy more than 1,000 clean-energy buses as part of a 2011 energy program that federally subsidizes new transportation technologies, according to the statement. Buses powered by fuel cells or electricity are eligible to receive about $150,000 through 2017.

"We are now beginning to see meaningful evidence of growing demand for clean-energy, mass-transportation alternatives in China," Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s president and chief executive officer, said in the statement. "This demand is being driven by a pressing need to address China’s challenging air-quality issues."

Fuel cells produce electricity from hydrogen or natural gas through a chemical reaction.

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